The following 7 are ‘survive and thrive’ tips for a highly sensitive person as well as an introvert who is into spirituality. I will guide you through each tip but, as with everything relating to healing, I also recommend listening to intuition, your unique guidance.
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Why ‘survive and thrive’ tips for highly sensitive people, introverted and spiritual, no less?
Here are the 7 tips for the highly sensitive person
–Tip no 1: sleep and rest as much as you want to.
–Tip no 2: set boundaries by saying no or taking up space.
–Tip no 3: saviour your favourite nooks, places, hobbies, objects
–Tip no 4: leave when you need, eat when you’re hungry, stay in if you’re better off this way
–Tip no 5: do the necessary inner work.
–Tip no 6: stay consistent with your spiritual practice.
–Tip no 7: move your body, don’t neglect it
Why ‘survive and thrive’ tips for highly sensitive people (introverted and spiritual, no less)?
‘Survive’ because, well, many of us struggle with showing up as our authentic Selves.
As an introverted, highly sensitive person, you are probably already aware of the fact that you have specific needs and strengths deriving from both introversion and sensitivity.
If you add spirituality to the mix, those needs and strengths will take on further, specific connotations. Hence, the need for tips for highly sensitive person.
Personally, I have become progressively aware of my needs and appropriate strategies to satisfy them. For instance, how to:
-protect my energy
-take stock of my emotions
-restore my energy
-show up for myself and others in an optimal way
If we find sustainable ways to survive, we can lean into them until we thrive exactly as we are, highly sensitive people. ‘Thrive’ meaning showing up as our authentic Selves, liking to do so, owning our identity, and enjoying the experience.
Thus, as you go out into the world, slowly embodying your highly sensitive, introverted personality, you will probably want to keep practising until you start enjoying it. Until you realise you’re stepping into your power – at last!
By the way, if you search: ‘Tips for highly sensitive person or HSP’ online, you will get a number of different results, all sharing a common objective: to provide empowering, eye opening knowledge.
This is basically the goal of me selecting the 7 tips for HSP below. Each of them aims to support self-exploration and self-awareness either by inviting to apply those tips or by sparking curiosity on the topic.
In more practical terms, you may start to acknowledge the importance of giving in to rest and recoup whenever + in whichever way suits you… Vs societal ideas of how one is supposed to be spending their time.
One of the tips for highly sensitive people will help consider it is totally OK to take up space, both literal and emotional: gosh, it is so empowering! And you will be proud of yourself for deliberately occupying space, expanding, and being authentic to you.
As you experiment with the tips suggested here — or any other tip you may come up with yourself — you will reach a point where you will see the light at the end of a tunnel.
That’s when you start to thrive.
Surviving and thriving: it takes so little once you discover the tips, attitudes, and practices that support your growth and well-being as a HSP.
Life will change: surely, not in a dramatic, movie like way. However, you will reach a point where you will no longer feel different, try to justify your needs, or pretend you’re OK with behaving like someone you’re not.
Hence, tips for highly sensitive person
Here are the 7 tips for the highly sensitive person.
I have selected the following 7 tips for HSP based on research along with personal experience.
As stated above, though, I always encourage my readers to connect to their intuition so as to feel into any advice they receive.
Trust your guts and see if the suggestions below resonate with you at some level.
Tip no 1: sleep and rest as much as you want to.
Type: ‘ Tips for highly sensitive person ‘ and be prepared to see this as one of the most frequently advised.
It is vital to rest and sleep depending on your mood, emotional state, energy levels. Above all, regardless of the obvious fact that our society stresses quite the opposite: doing, achieving, producing, being active.
I invite you to trust your body and energy levels. What are they telling you?
I have learned to listen to their voice only recently. Luckily, the more I have seconded that deep need to rest, the more I have thrived. Quite literally.
It hasn’t been long since I surrendered to my body’s needs but I’m so glad I have ‘given in’. Rest on the couch after work, surrender, do nothing at all, recuperate, stand up more energised.
Tip no 2: set boundaries by saying no or taking up space.
This is one of the toughest tips for HPS, I’m afraid.
A basic boundary equals saying no; or, in our case, learning to say no.
Very often, when your body’s reaction to something is a ‘Hell no!’, then setting a boundary could be very helpful. However, if you don’t have the courage to answer simply no, I encourage you to find workarounds that feel good to you.
By the way, ‘feeling good’ doesn’t mean that it will come naturally and effortlessly. It’s more like something you see yourself implementing more easily than offering a direct ‘no’ (which, let’s be honest, would save us so much time and energy!)
A workaround – or probably a different way to set boundaries – for me has been to expand, take up the space that I need for the other person to leave empty. Occupying space would look like being assertive, doing something that shows my intention clearly, being unapologetic about a decision.
All strategies I would have been too timid to go ahead with until not too long ago…
Tip no 3: saviour your favourite nooks, places, hobbies, objects.
This time around I advise to take up space in the true definition of the word.
Do more of what lights you up + where you like it the most + with gusto.
- Survey your hobbies, your favourite places, activities, foods.
- Then, do more of them. Indulge.
- Strengthen your bond with them: they represent precious reference points for material, emotional, and mental well-being.
For example, take a moment to appreciate your favourite room in the house. Spend a few seconds in that lovely corner where you get creative. Appreciate a nook on the couch where you usually enjoy a cup of tea.
Take time to appreciate + relish the single things as well as the connection you have established with them.
Don’t hold back. Spend more time in that corner holding a cup of coffee, watching a candle burn…
Such taking up space starts out as a physical activity but, in time, it will positively impact your ability to occupy emotional spaces as well.
Tip no 4: leave when you need, eat when you’re hungry, stay in if you’re better off that way.
How can I put it? This is a tip for the highly sensitive person’s common problem with self worth and self expression.
We must learn how to verbalise what we want, need, don’t want, don’t need.
Straight, honest communication is a big issue for many highly sensitive people since we’ve been taught, at some level, there’s something ‘wrong’ with us.
Therefore we tend to discard our basic needs and emotions in favour of a more socially accepted counterpart.
However, I invite you to write down some of your most common demands and rehearse them until you feel somehow ready to externalise them.
- I need a break, I’m going home
- This TV show shows too much violence, I’m going to bed
- Can you turn down the volume a little bit, please?
- I don’t feel like going out tonight, I’d rather stay home and go to bed early.
Tip no 5: do the necessary inner work.
Number 5 kind of represents the foundational tips for highly sensitive people as well as anyone looking for peace and a sense of belonging.
You can do it on your own as well as with a professional therapist or coach.
Either way, you will get a clearer picture of who you truly are and what you are capable of. And, eventually, reach a place where you will communicate your highly sensitive needs with more ease.
The same goes for setting boundaries, particularly coming up with your own approved version of ‘no-period’.
Tip no 6: stay consistent with your spiritual practice
The sixth tip would be to connect daily and consistently to your spiritual practice.
Silence, meditation, prayer, gratitude, manifestation, reading spiritual books, pulling a card.
As a highly spiritual person, I can feel a huge difference between staying consistent to my practice or disconnecting from it altogether.
Although we can’t expect to practise the same way every day, we should remind ourselves that ours is a spiritual existence. It takes very little to restore a connection with our higher self, even if in weaker ways than usual.
Committing to my practice even a tiny bit brings me back to a condition of calm and alignment.
Sometimes all I can do is stop for a second and thank my guides, say a short prayer, or take 5 deep breaths.
It’s definitely better than nothing at all.
Tip no 7: move your body, don’t neglect it.
Move your body in a way that resonates with your personality, current mood, current energy levels.
We are prone to wanting to stick with a training method, a certain subscription because we’ve already paid for it… Yet, our bodies tell us a different story.
We’re supposed to do HIIT that day but our body is asking us to take it much slower. The opposite is also true: it’s Yoga day but we’d love to do an intense workout.
Listen to your intuition and move accordingly. No matter how, just do it: make physical movement a central part of your routine.
I used to be so drained after certain types of workouts and at the mere thought of doing them. They were supposed to be right for my body. Over time, though, I realised I can do much less, at varying degrees of intensity, with much more satisfaction. It’s taken a few years but… better late than never!
What do I do now instead? Sometimes I’ll dance dance around the house, some other times I’ll go for a walk: brisk, slower, intense, all according to mood and energy levels. When I opt for a paid fitness app, I may accepts the suggested workout of the day or opt for a completely different one.
What I’m trying to convey here, I guess, is that we should become more attuned to our physical energy and emotions.
So, on the one hand: get out of your head and into your body;
on the other, drop those external expectations of how long, intense, or athletic your practice must be.
Turn inward, check with your general mood, then decide what is best for you. And thrive, again.
I hope you have found these 7 tips for highly sensitive person like us inspiring enough to give them a try or identifying new possible strategies.
What I think stands out is the role played by our energy along with our ability to tune into it. The more attuned we are to it, the more aligned our choices, the happier we become on a daily basis.
Therefore, in case it weren’t already clear, there is nothing wrong with us, at all.
These tips for highly sensitive people are simply means to tap into our innate power and qualities.
We are who we are. We should use our qualities, strengths, and spiritual practice to our advantage, to design a routine that serves us and make decisions that empower our life.